Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Tongariro National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome walk! Make sure you have enough water, warm clothing and stamina

Tiring as f*ck but worth it mate! #Bikog

Challenging but worth it. Every part of the hike is incredible. One of my favourite hikes.

We have been there 19th April on Good Friday!!! It was amazing, awesome weather for this day, we really enjoyed it ;-)

Super hike but quite demanding in places. A bit of climbing and scrambling required. Wouldn’t do it when wet. Great variety and views. We just did Lake Surprise and back

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5 days ago

It lives up to being one of the world’s greatest day hikes. Pack layers, 2L water, and food for lunch. The hike up to red crater can definitely be challenging so take care. The hill down from red crater to the emerald lakes is very rocky and slippery. The rest is much more manageable. Pick a day with good weather and go!

Great day walk, beautiful views, freezing at the top so be prepared!

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9 days ago

Do not underestimate this hike. Fantastic scenery and absolutely awesome terrain but weather can change in an instant. Started off beautiful and sunny but we encountered 100mph winds and -13 windchill temperatures. The fog, snow and clouds made this an amazing experience and even with lots of people, it’s definitely a hike you won’t forget!

Lake Rotop

Excellent hike but a bit crowded. Great views and fantastic landscape. Well worth the score legs. Weather can change suddenly. Be prepared to take layers on and off several times. Bring TP as toilets may be out.

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10 days ago

Definitely a challenge as I am not particularly fit and have not done a ton of hiking. But well worth the effort. Took our group about 7 hours to finish and that included lots of breaks and stopping for lunch. The views are absolutely stunning and included everything from snow capped mountains to semi-tropical forests. Make sure to pac lots of different layers and bring plenty of water!

Absolutely breathtaking hike. A bit challenging at times but the dramatic scenery is amazing. The only downside was the amount of people but you learn to ignore them by looking at the beauty all around

Great walk. We took the Adventure HQ shuttle service from Taupo which was great. Enjoyed the walk .. the incline in places was a tough slog, but the decent from the summit of the walk was the hardest. Very loose underfoot. Other than that mostly good under foot. Highly recommend ticking this walk off your must do list. Stunning views

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21 days ago

Wow what a tough walk but totally worth it!

We got the shuttle from ketetahi car park which was really easy.

The ascent got tough in places but it was the descent was tough. Once you start coming down from the red crater it is tough with loose gravel you slide down for a good half hour but with everyone in the same boat falling and laughing.

The lakes are amazing and views of the surrounding Mountains are amazing.

The last 2 hours after seeing the valley can get a bit tiresome but still amazing.

Took us 7 hours and our feet were throbbing but glad we did it!

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21 days ago

Great hike. If you are visiting NZ it’s a must. It is clearly marked however mount doom you kind of to make your way.

great trek! parked at ketetahi and took the shuttle at 6:30am, not terribly crowded at that time so it was nice. gorgeous day and gorgeous views. a bit windy at the top recommend warm hat, windbreaker and gloves. did in under 6 hours and that is including a billion stops to take pictures

Just a tad too chilly after the 5k mark to continue to the Red Crater - next time!

Great walk with amazing views. Finished in 10 hours. Parked our vehicle at Ketetahi car park (finish) and took a shuttle to the starting point (must be booked in advance). Several toilets on the track.Take enough water and pack some snacks and lunch to eat while you rest and enjoy the beauty as far as the eye can see.

Phenomenal landscape! Challenging in some sections, however, worth every step and emotion. Highly recommend!

Absolutely enjoyed this walk. Couldn't believe the number of people doing this track. But nevertheless worth the effort. First time using poles and found worth every $. Especially down the screed. Managed 5hrs 40mins with enough photo stops and a short lunch break.

We’re not avid hikers but took on the challenge and loved it. Amazing views although had some cloudiness to contend with. Pools at the top were beautiful. Descent from the peak was tough with all of the sliding gravel and dirt. Did not expect so many stairs especially on the last 3km!! Heard that is where most of the rescues take place and can certainly believe it. Still loved the hike and would do it again without hesitation. Bring plenty of water and protein bars for the day.

loved it! scree slope is hard work, pays to have a walking pole and laugh if you fall on your butt.
take lots of water.
if you take a shuttle in, often the shuttle companies will keep records of whose meant to be picked up, so if you change your plans, call them so they can mark you as safe.

The discovery camp site was great with the early morning shuttle and proximity. Amazing hike.

great hike but too many people on the crossing.

This is difficult but not terrible. The weather has a huge impact on what you see. Lots of people. First part is easy, the climbs do get hard so take your time and enjoy the views. Oh and welcome to Mordor by the way. It is fun to imagine Frodo and Sam struggling through the lava fields. Last 1/2 is downhill and actually boring. Spend your time in the first half.

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1 month ago

We really enjoyed that hiking! It’s dramatic and beautiful! Lots of people on the trail in the morning, it gets better in the after noon we did 23 kilomètres and took our time to enjoy and have lunch half way! (8hours total) Need lots of water, sun screen and a nice lunch! Also you should have hiking poles, specially early in the morning because of muddy steep trail sections. Tongariro alpine crossing should be a must do on your bucket list!

6h-7h top for this walk. the different views (sometimes volcanic, sometimes mountainous) are beautiful and worth seeing. I just love it.

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